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Newsroom managers are being called on to be more versatile than ever before. That’s why Poynter, with more than four decades of teaching leaders, has developed programs designed to expand every manager’s skill set — and the confidence to use those skills. This page is your headquarters for our Leadership curriculum.

Visit us often for news on the latest Poynter in-person training — seminars and conferences ranging from the career-starting Essential Skills for New Managers to our Media Innovation Tour. Got unique needs? Learn how to arrange for a member of Poynter’s leadership faculty to provide your newsroom with a customized session that meets your organization’s specific goals. 

Come here to read The Cohort, and catch up on the latest news involving women working in digital media. It was founded by former innovation faculty member Katie Hawkins-Gaar as a way to continue conversations about leadership with alumnae of the Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. And while you’re reading, check out the latest advice, encouragement or perspective from current and former newsroom leaders such as Marty Kaiser of The Washington Post, Meghann Farnsworth of Recode or Mizell Stewart III of the USA TODAY Network.

Pressed for time? Discover our online leadership courses on topics ranging from Managing Creative People to The Language of Coaching and Telling Great Investigative Stories with Dwindling Resources. If you’re serious about improving your leadership skills, Poynter can help. And this page is a good place to start your journey. Welcome.

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    Is your staff ignoring your feedback? Maybe it's your delivery.

    Picture yourself in this scene:

    You’re a manager about to share with a staffer your concerns about a piece of work they’ve given you. Maybe it’s a report, a proposal, a visual project.

    You want to make sure the staffer hears your concerns as constructively as possible. What do you do?

    “I always start by saying something I like about the work,” a manager once told me. “Then I tell them what I’m concerned about.”

    That’s one approach — and a popular one. The problem is once you get to the “concerns,” the staffer forgets about the good stuff.

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    Craig Newmark Foundation gives $1 million to ProPublica

    The Craig Newmark Foundation, the philanthropic endeavor started by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, announced on Wednesday a $1 million gift to ProPublica.

    The gift will "allow ProPublica to deploy resources and address opportunities, including adding staff, where they are most needed over a wide range of issues in the public interest," according to an announcement from the investigative nonprofit.

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    Want to run an effective newsroom? Don't lead like Donald Trump

    It won’t be long now. Today, Donald Trump becomes “leader of the free world.”

    Might even be a tougher job than running a staff of journalists.

    It’s a situation that got me wondering: Should I be studying the President-elect’s approach to leadership? Could his style help the women and men who manage newsrooms and other staffs be more effective?

    The answer, I think, is mostly no.

    I shy away from bombast and self-promotion, believe in telling the truth, admit my mistakes and much prefer gathering facts to simply acting on my instincts.

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    Poynter’s leadership academy for women returns in March

    Mark your calendars. The Poynter Institute is proud to announce dates and details for the third Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media.

    The transformative, week-long leadership program will take place the week of March 19-24, 2017, at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. Like past years, the tuition-free program is open to 28 participants and will offer leadership skills specific to digital media.

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